Wednesday, April 24, 2019

REMINDER: NEW Texas 4-H Council Member Updates


As we are looking toward the 2019-2020 4-H year, we wanted to make you aware of some new things that will be happening!  With input from current Texas 4-H Council members and many discussions with people invested in the Texas 4-H Program, our process for electing Texas 4-H Council members will be new and exciting beginning this year.  
Texas 4-H Council will consist of 30 members:
  • 24 members will be elected during traditional District election processes 
  • 6 at-large members will be elected by senior level 4-H members who cast their ballot in early June
  •  More specific criteria and processes are linked below for your information and sharing with members and families.





This new approach will provide opportunities to a broader expanse of Texas 4-H members and is open to all members who meet the eligibility requirements.  We are excited about the possibilities and trust the membership will be as well. 


Important Documents:





The Texas 4-H Council At-Large Delegate application is up and ready to accept applications.  The Texas 4-H Council membership information and the At-Large Delegate election process along with the requirements and other application instructions can be found at the Texas 4-H webpage - https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/ .  Texas 4-H Council information, requirements, and application instructions are listed specifically under the Leadership & Citizenship project page, Leadership project and in the Texas 4-H Council section.  The application will actually be completed on 4-H Connect.  Applications must be complete on 4-H Connect with appropriate uploads by midnight April 28.

Crockett County Invitational Judging Contests


Sounthdown Sales this weekend

Here is flyer for one of the many South Down sales this weekend in the Hill Country.
Buckles and Banner Sale --  Gillespie County Fair Grounds  Saturday April 27th at 7 pm
Fritz Club Lamb Sale --- 858 Cactus Ridge Rd Fredericksburg, TX Sunday April 28th  1 pm  Fritz Family


Monday, April 22, 2019

REMINDER: State Livestock Ambassador Applications DUE 5/15/19



The Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program is coming off another groundbreaking year. In June 2018, 20 Ambassadors boarded a plane in Houston departing to South America to expand the worldviews of exceptional leaders in agriculture. Ambassadors engaged a valuable study abroad experience in the agriculturally-rich country of Argentina. With visits to family farms, historic ranches, feedlot tours and various production facilities, Ambassadors were able to immerse themselves in South America’s agricultural production systems. As fulfilling as it was for our Ambassadors to be recognized internationally, the program is successful only because of outstanding work you lead locally. In 2019, the program is continuing to expand to include South Texas. We are pleased to announce that we will offer a Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Course in Kingsville in collaboration with TAMU Kingsville. We would like to thank Mr. Kyle McManus for his leadership in getting this unique opportunity off the ground.

Below are the 2019 details and application link. 

2019 Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Short Courses:
  •  Texas A&M University – Kingsville June 17-20, 2019   
  • Texas A&M University – College Station July 8-11, 2019  
  • Texas Tech University/West Texas A&M University – Lubbock/Canyon July 22-25, 2019 
  • Cost: $250.00 (includes food and lodging)

               
 Selection Criteria:
  • Senior age (14-18) 4-H youth that have exhibited a superior level of ambition regarding his/her livestock projects
  • Students with a profound interest in animal science, animal production and advocacy
  • Students have shown advanced leadership qualities and a willingness to help others
  • Top 25% class rank

Application Process:


  1. Applicant goes to: https://agrilife.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5C2PxJ597FTPIFL
    1. A two-minute YouTube video will be required (instructions can be found within the application)
  2. Student will complete the application and enter the contact information of supervising County Extension Agent
  3. CEA will be automatically emailed a recommendation survey
  4. A selection committee will review the applications and accept up to 25 participants per university
  5. Applications are due May 15, 2019
  6. Applicants will be notified by June 1, 2019 regarding application result

Sunday, April 21, 2019

REMINDER: 2019 National 4-H Congress Applications due 4/24

Please see the released information regarding the 2019 National 4-H Congress.  Applications are due online via 4-H CONNECT by Wednesday, April 24th.  Please let us know if you have any questions!


Saturday, April 20, 2019

REMINDER: PAYB Scholarship Application is available and due 4/30/19

Please see the informational letter about the PAYB Scholarship for 2018-2019!  Email Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu if you would like a copy of the application or if you have any questions!


Thursday, April 18, 2019

REMINDER: Raise Your Hand for State Youth by 5/15!


RAISE YOUR HAND & PAY IT FORWARD



Raise Your Hand
for Your State Youth!



Win $20,000 and bring 4-H programs to more kids in your community!

The "Raise Your Hand" initiative is a nationwide call-to-action for 4-H alumni, supporters, and friends to vote to win funding for their 4-H state program. This funding helps more kids in their communities benefit from the hands-on learning programs 4-H offers, helping kids serve their community and build critical life skills needed to thrive.

Vote for your state and the three states with the highest ratio of hands raised to total state population will win $20,000, $10,000 and $5,000 to bring local 4-H programs to more kids.




Raising your hand is as easy
as 1, 2, 3




1


Raise Your Hand:


Go to 4-H.org/RaiseYourHand to support youth in your community.



2


Compete for Your State:


Raising your hand is a vote for your state to win $20,000, $10,000 or $5,000 to bring 4-H skill-building programs to more kids.



3


Pay it Forward:


Share support with friends & family with the #4HGrown hashtag! Ask them to raise their hand for kids in their community at 4-H.org/RaiseYourHand.



4


And finally:


Thanks to JOANN, if you're a 4-H alumni, volunteer, or member - sign up for a JOANN rewards card while the promotion lasts, and your state will automatically be entered into a drawing to receive a $1,000 gift card.






Raise Your Hand by May 15th—because every child deserves a chance to succeed.






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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. Open to legal residents of the 50 U.S./D.C., age 13+. Void outside the 50 U.S./D.C. and where prohibited. Sweepstakes starts at 12:00:01 AM ET on 04/01/19 and ends at 11:59:59 PM ET on 05/15/19. Total ARV of all prizes: $50,000. Odds of winning Random Drawing Prizes depend on the total number of entries received. For full Official Rules visit https://4-h.org/raise-your-hand/ . Sponsor: National 4-H Council, 7100 Connecticut Ave., Chevy Chase, MD 20815.





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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

REMINDER: NEW Texas 4-H Council Member Updates


As we are looking toward the 2019-2020 4-H year, we wanted to make you aware of some new things that will be happening!  With input from current Texas 4-H Council members and many discussions with people invested in the Texas 4-H Program, our process for electing Texas 4-H Council members will be new and exciting beginning this year.  
Texas 4-H Council will consist of 30 members:
  • 24 members will be elected during traditional District election processes 
  • 6 at-large members will be elected by senior level 4-H members who cast their ballot in early June
  •  More specific criteria and processes are linked below for your information and sharing with members and families.





This new approach will provide opportunities to a broader expanse of Texas 4-H members and is open to all members who meet the eligibility requirements.  We are excited about the possibilities and trust the membership will be as well. 


Important Documents:





The Texas 4-H Council At-Large Delegate application is up and ready to accept applications.  The Texas 4-H Council membership information and the At-Large Delegate election process along with the requirements and other application instructions can be found at the Texas 4-H webpage - https://texas4-h.tamu.edu/ .  Texas 4-H Council information, requirements, and application instructions are listed specifically under the Leadership & Citizenship project page, Leadership project and in the Texas 4-H Council section.  The application will actually be completed on 4-H Connect.  Applications must be complete on 4-H Connect with appropriate uploads by midnight April 28.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Texas 4-H Roundup Registration Updates

The Texas 4-H Roundup Registration Details release is being delayed a little bit this year while the state is waiting on some information about this year's safety and security measures before releasing everything.  A separate note with information on registration details specific to those 4-H members attending LEAD Academy, not competing, in Texas 4-H Roundup.

If you have any questions, please let us know!

Below is a general overview of what we have received so far:


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If you have not done so already, we encourage you to download or update (for those that already have the app) the Texas 4-H App. We have posted a TENTATIVE schedule of contest and activities in the App already, but note this is SUBJECT TO CHANGES (times and locations).

Also, be sure and bookmark the Texas 4-H Blogspot for important information http://texas4hroundup.blogspot.com/ as well.

General details about registration is below.

Deadline to submit volunteer screening application. As a reminder ALL chaperones and agents/extension employees must register for the event through 4-H CONNECT.

Registration Timeline:
  • May 1 - May 17, 2019: $35 (or related fee based on registration type)
  • May 18 - May 21, 2019: Additional $50 Late Fee
  • May 22 - May 26, 2019: Additional $125 Late Fee
  • May 27 - June 6, 2019: Additional $250 Late Fee

Notes:
(1) Additional $5 charge will be accessed for those competing and also participating in LEAD Academy (9th-12th grade only)
(2) Those attending LEAD Academy (NOT competing) will have a separate registration in 4-H CONNECT. Cost of LEAD Academy is $40.00.
(3) AII contestants, scholarship recipients, chaperones, agents, extension employees, LEAD Academy attendees, or those participating in any other workshop opportunity MUST pre-register using 4-H CONNECT.

EVERYONE attending Texas 4-H Roundup must register (either pre-register on register on-site) and have a valid name badge on at all times. This is a requirement of the event for safety, liability and insurance purposes. In the event of an emergency, it is important for us to know who is at Roundup.

Our Future 4-H Members (those 2nd grade and younger) that will be attending Texas 4-H Roundup with family members will have complimentary name badges provided to them at the on-site registration desk. Please be sure and pick one up for them to wear during the event. On the back of the badge is a place to write their name and emergency contact information should they be separated from you.

4-H CONNECT Pre-Registration
FULL TIME REGISTRATION FOR TEXAS 4-H ROUNDUP COST:
  • $ 35.00 for senior or intermediates (additional $5 for LEAD Academy)
  • $ 40.00 for LEAD Academy Only (separate registration in 4-H CONNECT)
  • $ 25.00 for full time adult registration
  • $ 15.00 for full time junior registration

ONE-DAY REGISTRATION FOR TEXAS 4-H ROUNDUP (scholars/non-competitors)
COST:
  • $ 15.00 for one-day pre-registration (Senior, Intermediate and Adults)
  • $ 10.00 for one-day pre-registration (Junior - Educational Opportunities only)

ONSITE REGISTRATION FOR TEXAS 4-H ROUNDUP COST:
FULL WEEK PASS
  • $ 30.00 (Senior, Intermediate and Adults)
  • $ 20.00 (Junior)
ONE-DAY PASS
  • $ 20.00 (Senior, Intermediate and Adults)
  • $ 10.00 (Junior)

*On-site registration is NOT available for contestants (qualifying or invitational), scholars or those planning to participate in LEAD Academy and/or workshops. They must be pre-registered in 4-H CONNECT

PARKING PERMITS:
Parking Permit Cost: $15.00/week long pass or $5/day
Parking passes must be purchased online and printed out in advance through Transportation Services beginning May 1.

ROUNDUP T-SHIRTS:
Cost: $15.00 per shirt
Will be on sale through Marketplace. Shirts are available for PRESALE ONLY.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

REMINDER: National 4-H Congress Applications due 4/24

Please see the released information regarding the 2019 National 4-H Congress.  Applications are due online via 4-H CONNECT by Wednesday, April 24th.  Please let us know if you have any questions!


Saturday, April 13, 2019

REMINDER: PAYB Scholarship Application is available and due 4/30/19

Please see the informational letter about the PAYB Scholarship for 2018-2019!  Email Mellanie at MLMickelson@ag.tamu.edu if you would like a copy of the application or if you have any questions!


REMINDER: State Fair Swine Validation Tag Orders due 4/16/19

In order to exhibit a market swine project in the State Fair of Texas, that animal must first be validated!  Be sure to order your State Fair Swine Validation Tags to let us know that you are validating an animal so you can participate and enter that animal in upcoming show!

All validation forms are available for download at: https://travis-tx.tamu.edu/4-h-programs/4-h-livestock-information/

And are directly linked here: